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Recycling Council of Ontario to trial a unique co-operative model to decrease food waste in the commercial sector

Date April 19, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Media Releases | News

Co-operatives are structured to meet the common needs of its members. A food co-op, for example, may offer local and organic produce, partner with local suppliers, and make it more accessible and affordable for members to buy groceries. Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), with support through a $273,700 USD grant from the Walmart Foundation, aims to apply the co-op model with a slightly different approach: saving food instead of selling food. Food waste is the single largest waste stream...

Municipal Hazardous/Special Waste Program Wind-Up

Date April 16, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program Wind-Up  On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued direction to Stewardship Ontario (SO) to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program by Dec. 31, 2020. This will lead to materials collected under the program to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular...

New regulations filed for used tires in Ontario

Date April 12, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

On April 9, 2018 the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change filed Regulation 225/18, which governs the system in which used tires are managed. It was published to e-Laws on April 10 and is now in full effect.    It is the first regulation put forth under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, with the Waste-Free Ontario Act having specific provisions as it relates to the management of tires.   Highlights of the new regulation   The minimum amount of...

Replacing plastics requires consumer revolution

Date April 10, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

An increasing number of people are voicing concerns about the use of plastics in our daily lives. Single-use plastics of any kind, such as grocery bags, cutlery, straws, polystyrene and coffee cups, are significant yet preventable sources of plastic land-based and marine pollution. In Canada, bans on plastics have so far been left up to municipalities, some of which are taking action. Both Montreal and Victoria have recently decided to ban plastic bags in stores, with business owners subject...

Changing plastics strain recycling programs

Date April 10, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Total waste disposal amounted to more than 25 million tonnes in 2014. Many Canadians can place recyclable materials at the curb and have it picked up by their municipalities. But recycling programs were designed 30 years ago at a time when there was a lot of newspaper, glass and cans filling those recycling bins. Some plastics can compromise recycling process These items had value and municipalities could make money selling them to offset the cost of picking them up. But there is now less...

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